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Posted 11/30/2021 in Category 1 by DAVID CHARLTON

November 2021: Mental Edge Round Up

November 2021: Mental Edge Round Up

This is the last monthly round-up before Christmas so I’ll take this opportunity to wish you and your family a happy and healthy festive season. 

In the previous 30 days, there has been a lot of great action on pitches, courses and courts.

My stand out moment was the fact the Australians won the 20-20 Cricket World Cup, unexpectedly to a lot of people. What stands out about this team and many Australian teams is their ability to get it done when it counts, under severe pressure. Which is at the heart of what Mental Toughness is.

One day earlier, Ireland also produced a fantastic performance in the autumn internationals defeating the All Blacks 29-20, again unexpectedly.   

In the Premier League, Chelsea had a great November going through the month unbeaten and are looking very strong at the top of the table.

Alexander Zverev continued his excellent form, where he has won 32 out of 36 matches since the start of the Tokyo Olympics, winning the ATP Tour Finals where he defeated Daniil Medvedev in the Turin final.  He’s now in position to chase down Novak Djokovic’s as world number one tennis player.

Lastly, in a sport I enjoy playing golf, Collin Morikawa showed Rory McIlroy how to close out a win, when he went on to finish a fantastic season with the DW World Tour Championship in Dubai.

All 5 of these performances, demonstrate individuals and teams who successfully transfer their skills from practice or training and deliver in competitive situations, when the heat is on.

Which links nicely with a lot of our content that we’ve produced to help you this month.



Sports Psychology Blog Content

  • Does Your Warm Up Influence How You Perform?
  • 10 Ways To Lower Your Scores Without Changing Your Swing
  • Mental Toughness is a Hugely Valuable Trait
  • Mental Preparation for Combat Sports

Demystifying Mental Toughness Podcasts

  • How To Transfer Your Golfing Skills To The Course
  • Mental Toughness Compilation 007
  • How to Transfer Your Cricket Skills to Matches
  • ACT in Sport, Improving Performance through Mindfulness

Sports Psychology Blogs

Does Your Warm Up Influence How You Perform?

In the final moments before the referee blows the whistle to start a match a lot of players are in the wrong mindset. One of the reason’s players get in the wrong mindset is linked to the warm up. Many footballers feel that they have to perform well in the warm-up to feel confident in the early stages of a match and to be able to go on and play well for the duration. Are you one of them? Or if you’re a coach - are some of your players?

10 Ways To Lower Your Scores Without Changing Your Swing

Playing your best golf on a consistent basis, under pressure, when you’re competing is the holy grail for lots of golfers. It’s also a common challenge for high handicappers through to elite tour professionals.

Drawing on my playing and professional experiences I share my observations on why many golfers fail to do so with checklist for you to tick off. Additionally, there are 10 top tips from coaches and specialists who have supported many major champions

Mental Toughness is a Hugely Valuable Trait

If you or your team are suffering a mental block or have found that your performance has plateaued, drawing on the academic and applied Mental Toughness work from Professor Peter Clough and his colleagues could make some sense. Especially given that Mental Toughness accounts up to 25% variation in performance. For further info, why not read on.

Mental Preparation for Combat Sports

Being a martial artist, boxer or kick boxer takes nerve and skill. An ability to remain calm in the face of pressure and to keep believing in yourself are key qualities. Quitting or running away when the going gets tough should not be in your make up as a fighter. How is that you can develop these psychological attributes that will allow you to be calm and composed whatever the situation? Read my latest blog and you’ll gain some ideas!

Demystifying Mental Toughness Podcasts

EP 089 How To Transfer Your Golfing Skills To The Course

There’s a common theme across a lot of sports where athletes find it hard to transfer their skills from training or practice to competitive events and tournaments, when the pressure is on. Today I chatted to Will Shaw, a highly qualified PGA golf professional and sport’s scientist who shares with me his insights. It’s a must listen if you’re into golf or if you’re looking to understand better what things to consider when learning how to transfer your skills to the golf course. We discuss how to build your confidence and resilience, planning and executing your practice as well as a whole lot more.

Enjoy the episode. Enjoy tuning in!

EP 090 Mental Toughness Compilation 007

Today’s Mental Toughness compilation episode includes short snippets of advice from our most recent 9 episodes. We touch on many aspects of Mental Toughness from how you deal with challenges, learning from difficulties, setting appropriate goals, as well as ways to improve your confidence so that you can express yourself under pressure. Enjoy tuning in!

EP 091 How to Transfer Your Cricket Skills to Matches

Today, Jarrod Leathem who enjoys supporting batsmen, in cricket, as a performance coach and is the founder of the popular High Performance for Batsmen Group and I discuss the intricacies of cricket and offer you some tips so that you can excel in matches. Enjoy tuning in!

EP 092 ACT in Sport, Improving Performance through Mindfulness

In today’s episode, I introduce the concept of Acceptance Commitment Therapy or Training (ACT) and Mindfulness with the co-author of an excellent book on the topic Dr. James Hegarty. In sport, it is very easy to get ahead of yourself or dwell on past mistakes impacting on your performance levels. James and I go on to unpick how ACT and Mindfulness principles and tools can support you in this regard so that you can perform better under pressure. Enjoy! 


You may also be interested in downloading a new resource that we’ve created THE FOCUSED ATHLETE CHECKLIST which highlights a range of excellent processes that athletes can follow in order to integrate mental skills training into their daily routines and habits.  By doing so, it will allow you to see where there are gaps and how and where you can improve to ensure that you get closer to reaching your goals.



If you are an athlete who is a little bit lost or overwhelmed. Or you may know someone who has lost sight of their goals who needs to quieten their mind and get clear on chat they need to do to progress. This short 60 minute online accelerator course may be for you. All for £49.


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Best Wishes for the Festive Season

David Charlton

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